Samuel Dembe

Samuel Dembe finally arrived October 30th 2016

ten days over his due date

and 4.4kg/ 9lb 11oz

at home 🏡

life as a mom of four has begun

 

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Twins v Fruit 

I was going to call this ‘healthy toddler snacks’ but I couldn’t make it stick. I love the idea of feeding the twins fruit as snacks but in reality it doesn’t happen. I love my girls and I want them to want fruit, and my fruit bowl is full of sweet, juicy treats because that is the aim of being a good parent isn’t it ?! To keep my kids happy and healthy and I try!!!! I really do try but my twins hate fruit, they grimace at it, then “yuk” it and then run away to hide.

They love vegetables.

Peas, sweetcorn, broccoli and cauliflower get eaten quickly with requests for more.

But definitely no fruit.

I just hate being that mom that’s feeding crisps and biscuits in public with those looks and those don’t they eat fruit dear eyes … No no they don’t….

I’ve tried to give them fruit since they started weaning but for some mysterious reason fruit is abhorrent to them. Charis and I will happily sit and eat fruit, chomp all day on it but not the twins.

I have resorted to smoothies and not the ones you blend as I lack the vast amount of fruits required and the patience to clean up the dirty blender but a shop bought smoothie, one small beaker a day and everyone is happy.  

They have a small amount of fruit and I am satisfied and the war has been won. 

Monochrome Dream Metallic gold

Joy and Joe Baby

From the Supernova collection I would like to introduce you to

Monochrome Dream in Metallic Gold

Weight: 352 g/m2

Width: 63.5cm

Blend: 100% Egyptian Cotton with a ‘tumble finish’ for added softness

Weave: Twill/ Sateen weave

Release date: Wednesday 13th April 2016 at 6pm

www.joyandjoebaby.com 

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I have the pleasure of reviewing an XL (4.6m/size 6) woven wrap in the colourway Monochrome Dream Metallic Gold. This is the first release of 2016 for award winning brand Joy and Joe run by husband and wife team Bisi and Mayor.  Joy and Joe baby are proud to have all their wraps woven in Lancashire and hand finished in Yorkshire supporting UK businesses.

When I opened the packaging up and saw metallic gold I was delighted! The warmth and subtle metallic gold of this wrap is both striking and combined with the black feels so sophisticated.  It is a striking design, simple yet striking, the ultimate elegance.  The gold shines in the sun light and for my complexion (blonde) and my girls (mixed race) I feel that it is very flattering. I particularly love that the stripes are vertical.  The stripes have enough width to really see the gold/black and I love the ‘odd’ side which is darker.

It’s 100% Egyptian cotton which is a lovely blend for a twill weave. This combined with the tumble finish ensures an easy to wear wrap straight out the box!

I feel like this wrap is going to continue softening up and will end up as soft as butter.  It doesn’t feel overly thick in hand and the knot isn’t huge which is great for a mid-weight fan despite being a 352gsm wrap!

My twins and my older girl are a bit fidgety so I have only managed a few carries so far but I can safely say this wrap is amazing. It’s rock solid, strong, supportive and it doesn’t budge once tied. Making beautiful pleats at every gather and pass, it has completely won me over!  I love a ruck tied with a knotless Tibetan finish and this wrap has enough grip and support to make it work perfectly.  I managed a Robins hip carry which made my toddler weightless and I love the contrasting side peeking through on my shoulder.

I did manage 2 tandem carries with my nearly 2 yr old twins. This wrap has got more than enough strength to carry them and grip to keep them up securely.  They are getting heavy but they loved this wrap as much as I did.

The combination of an elegant, sophiscated wrap that is equally hardwearing and durable makes this wrap an all round winner, which is hard to find these days. It is equally affordable (£99.99 for an XXL) meaning this wrap ticks every box and will be a staple in my stash for sure.

Poe Wovens: Recon!

 Hello Poe!

From the20150723_111940 state of Vermont, USA comes Recon, a pixelated beaut of a wrap!

Poe Woven are an all American company, created two years ago by a United States Marine Corps  – if that doesn’t fulfil the companys slogan of ‘Chic. Connected. Cool’ then there’s no impressing ya!

Once you understand the background of the company you understand the wrap. This is definitely the case with Recon. This isn’t a standard wrap this is a marine corps inspired wrap.

Recon size 7

Warp: 100% Mercerized Cotton

Weft: 50% Combed Cotton, 50% Mercerized Cotton

Size 7

So my initial impression when I first saw Recon was that it was grey and wasn’t kitten belly soft, which usually is my weakness in wraps… but first impressions were short lived.
20150714_160517This wrap is strong without being menacing – this is no beast!

This wrap grew on me, not only is it as solid as a wrap can get, it’s grippy and very forgiving to wrap with, the passes slide over each other and don’t budge an inch once tied, no slack here thank you! It made doing a tandem carry easy peasy. A reliable and trusting wrap. The pixelated pattern is brilliant. No wrong sides or mismatched/interrupted patterns.

In fact the pixelated design really grew on me, all the lovely shades of grey, well, they glisten in the light and make it pretty not in a flowery way but in a I can go with anything kinda way. This wrap is very wearable, it’s the perfect all rounder. It’s huge width (i regret not measuring) meant I could scoop up my 4 yo effortlessly, she felt small and weightless in the strength of Recon and she is a heavy girl!

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It definitely became the wrap to grab during its stay here with us, and got used often due to the great versatility, it could carry any and all of them. Well, not all 3 at one time but you get my point.

A great size, so much strength and grip, i’d love to get this for my husband and steal it off of him.

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Thank you for reading. For more information on Poe Woven please visit their website

http://www.poewovens.com

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Joy and Joe King of Birds Review

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King of Birds

Verreauxxii

Joy and Joe Baby http://www.joyandjoebaby.com/

A Review!

With the symbolic black eagle ‘Verraceauxxii’ it comes as no surprise that this striking wrap is dominant in both looks and wrapping abilities.

After a little bit of breaking in I can tell you that this wrap is of the perma-stash variety. The bold, striking colour and soft sheen combined with the softness and the strength makes this a perfect all rounder wrap. Coming in at mid-weight 255gsm and a good width of 26 inches this wrap is capable of both newborn and older babies, carrying my 1 year old 10kg twins ( i haven’t actually tried to carry both in this wrap!) with ease.

For me, this wrap draws me in as I love not only the colour ( beautiful, light and refreshing turquoisey blue and black) but the eagle. The stretched out wings eagle design is my favourite and was hand drawn with such skill(see the credit and link to her page below) i love the detail and the symbolism. Strong and determined. I hope that I am that kind of mother.

IMG_20150411_142338Chloe of Paintpots and Weasels hand drew the design for the king of birds wrap.

Check out her site here: https://society6.com/paintpotsweasels

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The wrapping abilities of this wrap are the wonderful grippiness of the dark side, they keep those wiggly babies firmly put with the sweep of a good pass. The knots stay fixed. I especially love using this wrap for a hip rebozo as the grip/sheen mean the slipknot works well. The wrap feels soft in hand and mouldable, giving grip where it’s needed. Another reason why this wrap ends up coming on most outings with me it because of the ease of maintenance. Being 100% cotton it can go straight into the wash and low tumble dry. Easy, and I love easy!

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Joy and Joe Fountain of Love: A review!

My name is Zoë, I’m currently a ‘at-home-with-3-under-3-including-twins’ mom and since my twins arrived 10 months ago, I have become a wrapper.
Babywearing has given me the flexibility, freedom and helped me to retain my sanity to survive in an area of London which is heavily built up and unknown to me as I moved here just before the twins arrived.
I am a huge Joy and Joe fan, it was at Carry On London 2014 that I first heard about Joy and Joe baby but it wasn’t until I saw the Kente range and won my first right to buy for the Vanilla Bamboo Kente that I fell head over heels in love with their wraps.
I love the baroque pattern of the new Fountain of Love range; I especially like the hearts and the borders. The look of this wrap is stylish and bold, the sheen being the icing on the cake. My current favourite is the monochrome black and white wrap, which was the one I had the privilege of testing. I am excited to see which other colour ways Joy and Joe will bring out in June. I’m hoping for a royal blue.
Joy and Joe make their wraps look spectacular and regal looking and this is fitting for their first high-end wrap.
I was intrigued by ‘the formula’ my prior experience of a double weave wrap wasn’t great, it was such a tough thick beast that I was frustrated with it before it got properly broken in, so I was very interested in a wrap that not only needed no breaking in but was kitten belly soft straight from the box. I love soft wraps they are my weakness, tell me its soft and I’m craving it.
My first impression on seeing the wrap was that it was very pretty, prettier than even the pictures show, just by looking you can see the softness of the fabric, the delicate sheen and then I couldn’t resist it – I had to touch.
I had the black and white wrap, the inside is just as pretty as the right side and I liked that you could lighten up the look or keep it darker, which was my preference. The FoL was long I didn’t measure it but I think it was a size 6. This wrap was plenty long enough for some fun wrap testing.
WOW!!!! Was my first thought – and it’s not just that it’s kitten-belly soft it’s how the fabric feels in hand which completely won me over. I could cuddle this wrap all day! It is thick, strong and cushy but also thin (approximately 198 gsm) and perfectly floppy it is hard to describe because how is this possible? That is all I could think during the wraps stay with me, how can a wrap be so good?! This formula is a real game changer and I can see this wrap winnings awards and being a highly sought after wrap. The one you HAVE to try.
The way the wrap drapes and the fluidity of the fabric in your hands is outstanding. I had to try it out. My fussy Elena was first up, we tried a Poppins hip carry, followed by Robbins. I often find that soft wraps don’t stay put, especially when I’m wrapping Ellie, she is heavy and ends up lower than desired, requiring regular tightening. Not with this wrap. She stayed put. And the ease of wrapping made me feel like a pro.
Annabel is my back carry baby. She loves being up high on my back. I found that this wrap has a perfectly floppy and soft drape with the right amount of grip, a little bit of stretch and so strong.
My twins are 10 months but this would have been perfect for them from newborn and strong enough for my heavy 3 going on 4 year old. Yes this wrap is regal and rightly so.
I am a self-taught facebooker/youtuber babywearer (thank you wrapyouinlove and twin sling ) so I take time to fiddle around to get the carry right and tension right for the carries but found that Fountain of Love was just a kind wrap for someone like me, it almost wrapped itself, the passes were easy to get tight and I was very pleased with the end look of the carries that I tried.
I tried a ruck with a knotless finish, which held very well I thought it looked lovely to see the pattern flowing in the tails, I also tried a double hammock with a saltwater finish, and finally we took all 3 children to the park and I wore Annabel in a FWCC. After their bath time we did a tandem carry for the twin test. It passed with flying colours!
I think that the contrast of black and white is just so wearable, dress it up or down, it is a special wrap and I felt special wearing it.
The wrap is 50% Luxurious Italian combed cotton + 50% Mercerized cotton, and yes it feels very luxurious. I love that it is cotton and the mercerized treatment meant it felt strong as well as light – I still find I prefer cotton over other blends of wrap. Definitely Annabel and Ellie felt secure and comfortable and happy throughout.
I spent most of a whole day in the wrap and it never felt diggy or uncomfortable, we walked for about an hour around West London before stopping in the park where I received admiring looks. The FWCC stayed fixed, nice and snug continually. And even a re-tie in the park with an audience was easy because the wrap is just so good and makes wrapping a real pleasure.

 

Photo shoot diary…

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Photographer: Isobel Hughes
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Many thanks to my cousins Grace and Isobel Hughes for their assistance during this shoot and for my eldest daughter Charis for her continued patience and my twins Annabel and Elena. They were paid by way of a homemade chicken and leek pie, decoration inspired by Fountain of Love woven wrap.

Seasons

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It has been 10 months since I had my twins, and what an amazing season it has been! In case you’re wondering Charis drew that flower and I kinda like it.

I have loved the wonderful extension to our family, watching their personalities develop and the glimpses of who they will become in time fills me with awe.

I would love to tell you that it’s been easy and we have sailed with ease this past year and in some respects it has been easier than expected but we have faced challenges, ones I knew were coming and some unexpected twists.

We have had many, many bad nights, we have battled through bad neighbours, ploughed on through bug season known to most as winter and fuelled our way to spring…..

ahhhh spring

I love spring, the first glimpse of daffodils and chirping of birds and I’m ready to get outside feeling happy and relieved that winter, with all its wintery problems, is at last over!

I moved to west London whilst heavily pregnant with the twins and it’s only been in the last few weeks with the beginnings of spring that I’ve ventured out determined to learn this area, so far I have discovered where the houses I’d like to live in are, the coffee shop I’m going to take my sister to when she’s over from Boston, the pub we will go on a date too at the next opportunity, the Acton park cafe where a man does a morning session on the guitar – Thursday’s at 10am if you want to join me …… Oh and the estate agents who don’t think we cant find anywhere bigger and nicer to rent – PPfffft

I doubt he knows he’s fuelled my determination further haha